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What's New: Class struggle in China

| October 6, 2016

China has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for three decades. It is also home to some of the largest, most incendiary, and most under-reported labour struggles of our time. Hao Ren and Fan Gang are two activists in this burgeoning labour movement. They both organize with workers to take collective action in defense of their rights and income.

Bullet #1311: Unpacking CETA

by Peter Rossman | October 5, 2016

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), like other looming mega-treaties, is a comprehensive vehicle for expanding the scope of transnational investment by rolling back the capacity of governments to regulate in the public interest. The attack on democratic governance is not restricted to the notorious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which privileges transnational capital by creating a parallel legal system exclusive to transnational investors. The invasive claims of transnational investors permeate the entire treaty.

What's New: Trade Unions and the Fate of the American Left

| October 4, 2016

Adolph Reed Jr. tells Paul Jay that the labour movement is the only institution with the capacity that can amount to anything on the left of center in American politics.

What's New: Why our postal struggle shows the need for a cross-country solidarity coalition

| October 4, 2016

CUPW has always been at the forefront of the labour movement. Because we push the envelope, we get pushed back at too. Under the austerity agenda, postal workers are often the first to come under fire. Let’s take that as a compliment – a recognition of the strength of our fighting union! Now we are taking a stand for pay equity, while resisting the boss's demands for major cuts to what we already have.

What's New: Greece: A Country for Sale

by Eleni Portaliou | October 4, 2016

The most persistent myth concerning Syriza’s capitulation to the troika is that it was a 'forced choice.' To put it differently, 'there was no alternative' to signing a third memorandum, given an extremely unfavorable balance of forces at a European and international level. This is the only seemingly rational argument Tsipras and his followers have been able to produce defending their actions. The story, however, doesn’t end here.

What's New: Announcing the Decent Work Week of Action

| October 3, 2016

October 7 is the World Day for Decent Work and gets celebrated in communities around the globe. Here in Ontario the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign and allies will mark the day by organizing a week of action that will be kicked off with a mass-rally at Queen’s Park on October 1st. With the Ontario Government reviewing all our labour laws, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen working conditions for everyone.

Bullet #1310: The Perfect Storm of Logistics

by Sergio Bologna | October 3, 2016

Analysts have been waiting for the perfect storm for a long time, and it has finally arrived. If you look at it a little bit closer, it is a shocking but fascinating sight because it allows you to see the essence of logistics, its true nature. They call it 'the physical Internet,' and when you see it you truly realize what globalization means. It happened in the container shipping sector: The world's seventh largest shipping company, the Korean company Hanjin, went bankrupt. Overburdened by $4.5-billion in debt, it has not been able to convince the banks to continue their support.

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Forum: Chinese Workers’ Uprising: Unions, Workers, and Resistance in China Today

Chinese Workers’ Uprising: Unions, Workers, and Resistance in China Today
China has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for three decades. It is also home to some of the largest, most incendiary, and most underreported labour struggles of our time. But under China’s labour management system, independent unionism is severely restricted, and the ACFTU official trade union body monopolizes worker representation for more than 800 million workers. Independent organizations are barred from agitating for their interests, despite growing wealth inequalities, and where long hours, safety hazards, and authoritarian management define life in the factories.

But this has not prevented the emergence of workers’ resistance and fightbacks across almost all sectors of work. The China Labour Bulletin reports that the number of strikes has been increasing over the past two decades. At any given time, numerous strikes are taking place, and walkouts and slowdowns over work conditions and pay are a regular and growing occurrence. Workers’ rights NGOs, while operating from a distinct disadvantage, have become increasingly involved and visible.

* Lu Zhang, Temple University, author of Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance

* Eli Friedman, Cornell University, author of Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China

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